Thursday, October 6, 2011

creepy little monkey bento

I think when it comes to monkeys there are two camps: you either think they are creepy or you think they are cute. I am in Camp Creepy. And this bento just proves my point.

creepy little monkey bento

Packed in an Everset sandwich box:
- two little cream cheese and fruit preserve sandwiches
- silicone cup of cucumbers and a big strawberry
- whole wheat pretzel sticks
- cheddar cheese flowers cut with a mini flower shaped cutter
- purple grapes (left on the vine so they stay together better)
- fruit leather creepy monkey face, secured with a bento hat pick

The sandwich is made with what I think is an empanada press. I'm not sure how I even came to own this, but it's been in my kitchen utensil drawer for years. It's nice because it uses up the whole slice of bread, only crusts going to waste (or in our case, in the scrap bag for feeding ducks). And the edges are all nicely sealed up for less mess. And it's cute.  :)

update: I remembered! It's a dumpling maker I ordered from JBox. Mystery solved!!

sandwich maker

The creepy monkey's face was made using the same cutter set I used to make the faces on the cheese in the 12 days of Christmas: eleven pipers piping bento -- so many people asked if it was from a punch -- no way! I'd never stick anything squishy like cheese or fruit leather in a punch. What a mess that would make! :)  This is the cutter set I used:
face making for bento

I don't know what it is called exactly and I can't find them anywhere anymore - I've had these for a long time. This is actually two sets, each set came with 3 "discs". I'm missing one in this pic (that is, I couldn't find it to include in the photo). I bought one set from JBox over a year ago and the second set I found at a local bento shop before that. The closest thing I can find is these cutters on Amazon, that's the same brand packaging, but not the same set I have. If anyone has seen them somewhere, please share in comments! I know a lot of people were interested in them.

update: these cutters are now available here.

So please tell. Are you in the camp that monkeys are creepy too? Or are you in the Cute Camp? Let's hear it for Camp Creepy. ;-)

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The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry, I'm in the cute camp as far as monkeys go. I have to thank you for helping me become a mom of note at my daughter's lunch table. Lunch boxes are new to me since she's a kindergartner, but through seeing what you do and attempting at least one thing each day, I'm making her lunches more fun.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Aw, nuts, now the cute vs. creepy teams are tied! :p
I'm sure your daughter loves her lunchboxes. Yay for fun lunches!

Ludicrous Mama said... [Reply to comment]

I've found a variety of those sets on eBay. I did see the arm ones somewhere, but they were too rich for my blood.

AllThingsForSale said... [Reply to comment] will be carrying these arm, face cutters, and more. They are on the way right now, and should arrive USA in about a month.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I think I need an empanada press!

Superstitions said... [Reply to comment]

I'm in the cute camp when it comes to monkeys. They're one of my favorite animals.

I really love the press you used for the sandwiches. I'll have to look into getting one myself.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I am solidly in the creepy camp! But your Bento is cool, nevertheless.

B said... [Reply to comment]

The 3 cutters in the top row are KYARAPP cutters. The cheapest I was able to find was from a seller on eBay for $14.99 plus s/h. Many other sites carry them but their prices were much higher ($18-23 plus s/h). This is the seller I bought from:

Love those little face cutters too. I see that AllThingsForSale will be getting them in soon, so I'll definitely have to check that out. They are my favorite place to get Bento supplies. Great prices and super quick shipping.

Candy Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I have those cutters, I got them on ebay. They were called Kyarappa. I wish I knew was going to be getting them, I would have waited...

Han said... [Reply to comment]

I'm definitely on the creepy side!!

If your on the cute monkey side, look up "monkey and frog" on you tube. (wrongggg!) then theres the whole cannibalism and murder for fun thing!

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